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A flat array large telescope concept for use on the moon, earth, and in spaceAn astronomical optical telescope concept is described which can provide very large collecting areas, of order 1000 sq m. This is an order of magnitude larger than the new generation of telescopes now being designed and built. Multiple gimballed flat mirrors direct the beams from a celestial source into a single telescope of the same aperture as each flat mirror. Multiple images of the same source are formed at the telescope focal plane. A beam combiner collects these images and superimposes them into a single image, onto a detector or spectrograph aperture. This telescope could be used on the earth, the moon, or in space.
Document ID
19920038743
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Woodgate, Bruce E.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1991
Publication Information
Publication: Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume: 62
ISSN: 0034-6748
Subject Category
Astronomy
Distribution Limits
Public
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